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Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry

Dir: Elene Naveriani, Georgia, 2023, 110 mins, Georgian with English subtitles, Cert:15

Sun 2 June // 18:00
Mon 3 June // 20:00

Tickets: £5

Winner of the grand prize at the Sarajevo Film Festival, Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry is the funny, tender, and erotic story of 48-year-old Etero, an unmarried shopkeeper in a Georgian village mocked as a spinster by her gossipy friends even as she secretly carries on a torrid affair with a married man.

Georgian cinema is famous not only for the quality of its absurdist storytelling but also for the predominance of women filmmakers throughout its history; now we can celebrate the arrival of writer-director Elene Naveriani and actress Eka Chavleishvili, as the defiantly independent, pleasure-seeking Etero, boldly upholding this rich tradition.

★★★★★ 'A warm, witty and wise film, Chavleishvili is a marvel as the generally fearless heroine. The mischievous denouement will leave a smile on your face for days’ The Irish Times

★★★★ 'A marvellously tender story of loneliness and love. A gentle, sensual gem of a movie' The Guardian

★★★★ 'Beautifully staged and executed, maintaining well-defined emotional contours and never allowing things to descend into mainstream sentimentalism' Little White Lies